Thursday, May 17, 2012

"...Can't Really Picture Gaga At 62...But, We'll See...."

For a while now, "all natural" has been a trendy thing.

From the things we eat to the things we wash with to the things we rub on our faces and/or assorted other body parts, lack of artificial ingredients and/or preservatives has become a badge of honor worn proudly, if not always hand to God truthfully, on the labels of things we eat, we wash with and rub on our faces and/or assorted other body parts.

Personally, I don't much care one way or the other.

I've reached an age in a life that has brought me, relatively, safely through the threats/fears of polio, smallpox, cyclamates (you'll need to Google that one if you're under 45) and red meat.

So, while not one to tempt, let alone splurt a full tongued raspberry at, fate, I'm pretty sure that what time I have left on this mortal coil isn't going to be radically shortened by any recklessness with a bottle of generic shampoo.

Still, there is something to be said for all natural.

Ergo, for your listening pleasure...

Admittedly, it's inevitable that getting older results, among other things, in a tendancy to promote and/or defend other older things.

Fair to say it just comes naturally.

At the same time, it's also fair to say that younger people are justified when performing the inevitable eye rolls that result from said older people promoting and/or defending other older things.

My grandchildren aren't to be expected, for example, to understand why Bonnie Raitt has less "value" in the current music culture than many or most, but is, at the heart of it, much more of a treasure.

That kind of perspective is going to take awhile.

And because, at this point, they are young, they won't notice, or care if they did, the difference between manufactured and "all natural".


Carrie Underwood...clean, scrubbed, assembly line perfect.

Kelly Clarkson...fresh, wholesome, girl next door perfect.

Lady Gaga...glossy, shiny, sparkly, Madonna 2.O perfect.

Bonnie Raitt...rough, real, way down the road weary and flawed.

And all natural.

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